Omega managed to exceed my expectations when I finally got my hands on the first ceramic-cased Planet Ocean which I’m reviewing here today. Debuted a few months after Baselworld 2016, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT “Deep Black” carves yet another niche within the brand’s larger line of high-end Seamaster Planet Ocean diving watches. Omega not only has plenty of dive watches to choose from, but the brand also has a number of GMT watches to choose from.
I say all this to explain that while the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Deep Black doesn’t immediately satisfy an existing need, it does represent a desirable accumulation of a lot of things Omega has been tweaking for a while, and is arguably a current best-of-breed product within its relatively narrow niche. To really appreciate this watch, you need to ignore most of the marketing images Cheap Omega Replica has of it and also forget what you think the watch represents. Rather, we need to look into a series of details contained in the watch design, movement, and construction, as well as consider the versatile and highly contemporary appeal of a watch like this.
Omega made a big splash back in 2013 when they debuted the sexy-looking Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon watch. The magic in that product was combining the look of the new generation Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph with both a black ceramic case and dial. Moreover, Omega cleverly and wisely offered the ceramic case in contrast finishing with some brushed and some polished surfaces. This mimicked the look of metal which allowed the Omega Replica Watches to retain so much of the look people came to expect in a Speedmaster. It was a hit, and I am sure that Omega wanted to reproduce its appeal in other areas of their collection.
Further, there are a few versions of the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Deep Black which add further flavor to the concept. This version is the reference 220.127.116.11.01.003, and in addition to combining black with red accents, it is one of the versions of the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Deep Black models offered in a mostly all-matte finishing. When I first saw this watch in Omega Replica marketing photos, I was a bit underwhelmed and concerned that it might be too devoid of shine and appear flat and down-market given its high-end pedigree. In person, this watch easily exceeds the relatively lackluster presentation the professional marketing images offered – which honestly isn’t that rare even if watches are less likely to look better in person compared to their marketing images.
This is a very important concept to understand because a lot of people get annoyed with GMT watches, as they find the inclusion of an additional hand distracting. If you want a cool diver’s watch that is mostly about knowing the local time first with the GMT a distant second function, then the Cheap Omega Replica Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Deep Black is a very good choice. This makes it sort of a standard dive watch where the ability to know a second time zone is available, but not thrust in your face all the time. I don’t know how many other people value this niche type of style, but I personally do a lot.
Like the 44mm-wide Speedmaster case, the 45mm-wide Planet Ocean case translates to ceramic from steel quite well. There is a serious tool-watch feel in the matte finishing which benefits the theme Omega is going for here. I will say that it is a very different flavor than I’m used to in the Planet Ocean family, but I think Omega nailed it and even at this high price Omega easily competes with offerings at more prestigiously priced brands even. So what you end up with is a timepiece that is, yeah, expensive for an Omega, but also really cheap for a Blancpain, Hublot, or Audemars Piguet. This is a hot luxury sports watch, and I just hope people are able to incorporate the Omega name in the upper echelons of luxo-sport watches where at times the brand does solidly belong.
The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 45.5mm Chronograph has a two-tone look, with a large case made of 18K Sedna gold and stainless steel and a bicolor bracelet combining the same materials. Both the dial and the unidirectional rotating bezel are in polished, deep blue ceramic; the numerals and diving scale notations on the bezel are in Omega’s own Ceragold material. The screw-down caseback, as on all the new Cheap Omega Replica Planet Ocean watches, is enhanced with an alveol wave pattern design. The movement in the watch is Omega’s Master Chronometer Caliber 9900, an automatic with a column-wheel chronograph function and a power reserve of 60 hours. Like all Master Chronometer calibers, it features a silicon balance spring and a co-axial escapement and is antimagnetic to 15,000 Gauss. The case is 18.87 mm thick and water-resistant to 600 meters. The dial’s bicompax design has a 60-minute and 12-hour chronograph counter combined in a single subdial at 3 o’clock, running seconds in a subdial at 9 o’clock, a central chronograph seconds hand, and a date window at 6 o’clock. The hands and applied indices are in Sedna gold and enhanced with Super-LumiNova.
The Seamaster Planet Ocean 43.5mm Auto marks another watch-world first for Omega, namely the blending of rubber with ceramic in a dive watch bezel. A bright orange rubber covers the first 15 minutes of the bezel’s dive scale, while Liquidmetal — a substance used in other Omega Replica Watches models and by other brands throughout the Swatch Group — is used for the numbers and scale increments. The 6000-meter water-resistant, 43.5-mm case is made of stainless steel (another model is available in titanium with a sandblasted titanium dial); the polished, black ceramic dial has new, applied Arabic numerals with an orange varnish. The structured rubber strap is black with a black-and-orange rubber inner lining. The watch is powered by the Master Chronometer Caliber 8900. Like all Semasters, it has a screw-down crown and a helium-release valve.
The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 43.50mm GMT, which contains Master Chronometer Caliber 8906, makes a stark, striking visual statement with its polished bi-ceramic black-and-white bezel ring. This watch’s bezel, with its 24-hour numbered scale, rotates in both directions — it’s for displaying a second time zone, not for diving — and serves as a day-night indicator for the central GMT hand. The numerals and indices on the black and white sections are in the contrasing ceramic color for easy legibility. The hands and indices are treated with Super-LumiNov, as is the dot at 12 o’clock, which also glows green. The stainless steel watch comes on a black leather strap with rubber lining and is fitted with a foldover clasp in stainless steel.
Scroll down to see some live, close-up photos taken of the new Omega Replica Seamaster Planet Ocean watches at Baselworld, including some additional variations on the watches shown above.
If Earth Day celebrations are inspiring you to help save the planet — while you’re itching to add a new watch to your collection at the same time— Omega may have a timepiece that’s right in your wheelhouse: the new Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra “Goodplanet,” available in two versions at two sizes, and both featuring Omega’s in-house Co-Axial calibers.A portion of the sales from these new watches — the latest to emerge from Omega’s partnership with the Goodplanet Foundation, first announced in 2011 — will go toward funding two new wildlife projects that the Foundation has established in the African nation of Botswana.
Both new Aqua Terra watches have cases made from grade 5 titanium and feature white lacquered dials highlighted by blue elements inspired by the color of the ocean — diamond-polished blue applied hour indices, faceted blue hands, and applied blue Omega logo. The dials are also notable for their lack of the distinctive “teakwood” motif found on other Aqua Terra dials. Both Cheap Omega Replica come on blue-coated nylon fabric straps with white stitching and foldover clasps; the 43-mm watch is also available on a polished-and-brushed titanium bracelets with butterfly clasp. Both cases have nonreflective sapphire crystals and screw-down crowns embossed with an Omega symbol.The larger of the Aqua Terra “Goodplanet” models has a 43-mm case and contains Omega Co-Axial Caliber 8605. In addition to the blue hands indicating the hours, minutes, and seconds, its dial has a red-tipped GMT hand that the wearer can use to keep track of a second time zone on a 24-hour time-zone scale, and a date window at 6 o’clock. The Omega Replica Watches movement is visible through a sapphire window in the caseback, which also includes the words “Goodplanet Foundation” in varnished blue type.
The other new timepiece measures 38.5 mm in diameter and 12.84 mm thick. Its simpler dial layout features the blue hour markers and hands along with a date window at 3 o’clock. The movement, visible through a sapphire caseback, is Cheap Omega Replica basic Caliber 8500. It features bidirectional automatic winding, a co-axial escapement, silicon balance spring, free-sprung balance, and extreme antimagnetic properties, resisting magnetic fields to over 15,000 Gauss. Both calibers in the Aqua Terra Goodplanet watches have power reserves of 60 hours. The decorative finishes include “Arabesque” Geneva waves on the rotor and plate, rhodium plating, and a blackened finish on the screws, barrels, and balance wheel.